Bosh knows day of reckoning is near

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:43 AM ET

As free agency draws nearer, Chris Bosh realizes the moment of truth will soon arrive.

With so many untruths and misinformation, with so many of his words being misinterpreted and spun to serve an agenda, Bosh’s radio appearance Thursday on ESPN was refreshing and enlightening.

He granted an interview to an ESPN affiliate in Los Angeles last week, but spoke Thursday as someone who genuinely does not know what direction he’ll take, as someone who can’t believe July 1 is right around the corner.

“Nobody really knows what’s going to happen and the draft is a key part of it and there’s going to be a lot of teams doing a lot of things,’’ Bosh said. “So, I mean, this is something we’ve kind of been talking about for four years now. And the day is finally here. It’s kind of scary but it’s exciting at the same time.’’

In a bit of housecleaning that didn’t come as a surprise to anyone — or at least it shouldn’t have — Bosh did not inform the Raptors by last Sunday’s deadline that he was going to exercise a player option for next season.

Technically, that means Bosh is no longer property of the Raptors.

Technically, the best way Bosh can max out his contract is by working side by side with Toronto in a sign and trade, if he decides to play elsewhere.

Bosh hasn’t ruled out Toronto, but the Raptors are preparing for life without him should he decide to leave.

The city is the only pro home Bosh has known, but, deep down, he realizes that a change would be best for both parties.

What can’t be answered is what kind of sign and trade will be orchestrated, which will happen because a team will dole out the cash to acquire Bosh.

“It’s been a lot of fun,’’ Bosh said of all the free-agent speculation during the radio appearance. “I’ve just been trying to learn how to have fun with it. It’s been going well so far, but it’s getting closer. It’s just a week.’’

Any team, any agent, anyone associated with a team can begin to talk with Bosh on July 1 without fear of being fined for tampering, which has happened this off-season when LeBron James’ name has been broached. While dialogue can be initiated on July 1, no deal can be made official until July 8.

During his interview, Bosh was asked about playing for a proven coach when the subject of Phil Jackson’s future with the Lakers was mentioned.

For some reason, these idiots who blog and offer uninformed opinions have twisted Bosh’s words as some sort of indictment on Jay Triano.

“The coach, pretty much, is the leader of your team,’’ Bosh said. “And if you have a good coach, that gives you better chances in certain situations.

“I think a lot of guys want to play for a good coach. And to be put in the right position, that has a lot to do with it ... I think a well-led team is very important in the decision-making process.’’

Triano went from soothing Bosh during the Sam Mitchell era to being the boss, a transition that had its learning curve. The Raptors addressed an obvious need for some tough love when they acquired P.J. Carlesimo to serve on Triano’s staff. But to say Triano had an issue with Bosh would be foolish.

Each time the Raptors needed to make a game-winning shot, Bosh was asked to make a play.

The problem with the Raptors last season was the inability of anyone to step up when Bosh was injured.

Toronto did its best to try to surround Bosh with quality players, but it didn’t work.

That, more than any reason, is why Bosh won’t be back.

frank.zicarelli@sunmedia.ca


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